WINDHOEK: Namibia is amongst five countries which were shortlisted for the 2012 Future Policy Award, an international award that celebrates effective and exemplary policies.
Namibia’s Marine Resources Act, 2000 was amongst 31 different policies from 22 countries which were nominated for the award that recognises integrated ocean and coastal policies, marine protected area programmes to laws regulating fisheries, trade in marine products, marine litter and land-sea interactions.
According to a media statement issued by the World Future Council Foundation on Tuesday, Namibia successfully manages its marine resources, and has instituted a more ecologically and economically sustainable fishing industry by implementing a rights-based and scientific approach to fisheries’ management.
California the United States of America), Palau, the Philippines and South Africa are also still in the running for the award.
The Future Policy Award is granted by the World Future Council, an international policy research organisation which provides decision-makers with effective policy solutions.
This year, the topic of the award is the protection of oceans and coasts.
The winning policy will be announced at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York, USA in September 2012, and winners will be celebrated at the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India during October this year.
For this year’s theme, the World Future Council is partnering with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity CBD), the Global Environment Facility GEFand the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations FAO), with support from the Okeanos Foundation.
Namibia inherited severely over-exploited and unregulated fisheries when it gained independence in 1990.
“The Marine Resources’ Act established strict monitoring and control systems and regulations addressing the key drivers of the degradation of marine capture fisheries: by-catch, illegal fishing, over-capacity from subsidies and harmful fishing gear. The fishing industry has created new jobs, and improved food security for Namibians,” the statement noted.
Most fish stocks are now stable, and fishing licence fees and levies on catches contribute to the national economy.